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It's some kind of complex masterpiece.
A movie about the impact of the oil industry and petroleum politics on the Middle East, but also on world politics. Syriana is a term used by Washington think-tanks to describe a hypothetical re-shaping of the Middle East. The structure of the film is complex and dynamic, with several parallel storylines developing simultaneously and intersecting in various ways. It is well shown how the system works, especially certain of its aspects. The difference between publicly proclaimed values and what is actually carried out in practice. The difference between the lower and upper echelons of the corporate and government hierarchies, not only in terms of how well-informed each level is, but also the absence of any system or belief that is not directly related to money. Corruption is OK if it is in the national interest, between democracy and profit they will naturally choose profit, and loyalty or human life are just empty words that mean nothing. This is quite an informative, balanced, well-conceived film based on documentary material, although at the end there is a disclaimer that "all of the characters and events portrayed in it (except for incidental archival footage), are fictional".
It`s complicated. Many people appear. I don`t think that it`ll be fun because I understood it.
changed by the ones who are affected by it..
Syriana is a character driven political thriller about an oil industry whose fate is not only left up to the ones that runs it but is changed by the ones who are affected by it. Distributed in multiple acts, the script is surprisingly gripping and keeps the audience on the edge of the seat.
And even though it doesn't flow naturally as it should, the editing is quite impressive as the narration never loses its way. Ticking for two hours, and following few characters with multiple intervals, it may feel like an overstretched view and a far fetched concept.
But it's layered and thought provoking ideology which it depicts through metaphorical incidents with crossover of characters and jaw dropping sequences, the feature sticks its landing safely. Gagham's projection of humane emotions might be accurate but is also poignant since it dwells on the darker side of the coin which may not be edible for everyone.
The background score is pretty much flat with sharp sound effects and amazing cinematography and fine editing. The camera work is decently handled with stunning live locations that projects cultures and eye-popping cringing graphics whose credit goes to fine art designing.
Clooney is doing some of his career's best work in here with Damon's calm and focused portrayal, Plummer's cunning smart act and Wright's survival spirit, all of it blending in aptly and delivering the anticipated performance from such huge cast.
Gagham's adaptation is smart and adaptive and far better than his execution skills since it fails to close any sequence appropriately. Layered screenplay, accurate depiction on cultural insights and Clooney at the heart of it are the high of the feature.
The craft Syriana is brimmed with, is how to foliate news into an effective and essential act, it may come with cons, but there are lots of pros.
Interested in the topic and premise, but the plot jumped around so much it was unwatchable. Didn't finish it.
I enjoyed this movie, although I feel at least a moderate familiarity with the oil industry and the Middle East is pretty much pre-requisite in order to keep track of everything that is happening. Also, I feel like the motive for the ending scene is not well-enough developed.
Syriana is a complex docu-drama that is now dated.. Not an easy movie to watch as it deals with multiple lives and handles the complex issue, ie. the Middle East/Oil.
Horrible movie with horrible ending. Makes no sense
a thinking man's movie for sure. there are 4 storylines all running simultaneously, which makes it challenging to keep up with them all. the plot is unique considering the amount of detail given to each storyline. the acting is great led by clooney and damon; plus many great supporting actors round out the cast. this is a very good geopolitical thriller that touches on many different themes.